Six Generations of Family Service
Since 1867, the Geisen family has been serving the people of Northwest Indiana. It all began when Founder Peter Geisen started making coffins in his furniture store. Soon, his neighbors were asking him to plan their loved ones’ funerals, and Geisen Furniture and Undertaking was born. Peter’s son, Charles, joined his father in 1895 as the first licensed embalmer in Lake County. Together, the two opened our first official funeral home located at 109 N. East Street in Crown Point. Charles’ sons, Ralph and Robert, soon entered the family business. Robert’s son, Larry, became the fifth generation of the Geisen family to own the funeral home.
In 2004, Larry and his wife, Kim, purchased a funeral home in Hebron, and in 2007, Larry and Kim built a new state-of-the-art Crown Point location with its full-service reception center, on-site crematory, and pet loss center. In 2008, the Geisens purchased the Merrillville location from Larry’s cousin, Scott Geisen. And in 2012, the Geisens purchased the Carlisle Funeral Home in Michigan City, renaming it Geisen-Carlisle Funeral and Cremation Services. In 2021, the Geisen family acquired the Pruzin Funeral Home locations in Crown Point, Merrillville and Portage. As a result, the Geisen Merrillville location at 7905 Broadway closed. Merrillville families can be served at the Pruzin Merrillville location at 6360 Broadway, now named Geisen-Pruzin Funeral and Cremation Services.
Today, Larry’s son, Anthony, serves alongside his father as the sixth generation of the Geisen family to enter funeral service.
A Commitment to Service that Continues Today
While we’ve acquired other funeral homes, expanding to four different locations in Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties, one thing has remained the same since 1867 — our commitment to serving our neighbors during life’s most difficult moments with excellence and compassion.
We invite you to reach out to us to set a time to meet with a member of our family or one of our caring staff members to begin putting your plans into place.